Paterson, NJ – Giovanna was born in Suffern, New York. Cecchetti initially studied art at SUNY Rockland under Edgar and David Levy, whose influence brought her to NYC to study with Larry Rivers and Elaine deKooning at Parsons School of Design in 1973. She received an MFA from William Paterson University where she presently teaches contemporary color theory and 2-D design as an adjunct professor. In 2006, Cecchetti received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She is also a 2003 recipient of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper Residency Fellowship, as well as a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation funded residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2004. Cecchetti\’s work is included in national and international collections, both public and private.